- Title: Japan warns of 'serious' impact of South Korea court ruling on forced labour
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 29, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FORMER FORCED LABOURER KIM SEONG-JU (IN WHEELCHAIR), FAMILY MEMBERS OF FORMER FORCED LABOURERS AND LAWYERS HEADING TOWARD SOUTH KOREA'S SUPREME COURT / BANNER READING (Korean): "MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD. APOLOGISE AND COMPENSATE TO VICTIMS OF FORCED LABOUR" LOGO OF MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD ON BANNER
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 08:22
- Keywords: Chief Cabinet Secretary briefing Japan Katsunobu Kato South Korea Tokyo bilateral relations court ruling forced labour
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002EQY1RNR
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- Story Text:Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato warned on Thursday (August 19) of "serious" ramifications if a South Korean court ruling against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over forced colonial labour was enforced, urging for a more "acceptable" solution to be presented to Japan.
A Mitsubishi Heavy spokesperson declined to comment, saying the company was trying to confirm details on the ruling.
The court had ruled late on Wednesday (August 18) that around 850 million South Korean won ($730,000) worth of payments owed by South Korean companies to Mitsubishi Heavy could be seized and used to compensate forced labour victims during Japan's colonial rule, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.
The two countries have long been at odds over restitution for Koreans forced to work in Japanese firms and military brothels during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea's Supreme Court in 2018 ordered Mitsubishi Heavy to compensate former forced workers from South Korea, setting a precedent and drawing a strong rebuke from Japan, which argues that the matter was settled under a 1965 treaty.
(Production: Irene Wang)
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